Nigeria recently announced a significant victory in its fight against terrorism in West Africa, with the neutralization of 26 terrorists belonging to the Daesh-affiliated organization Iswap. Nigerian security forces conducted an operation in Borno State, which also resulted in the arrest of 25 individuals linked to the terrorist organization’s logistical support.
Musa Danmadami, media coordinator for the Nigerian Ministry of Defence, confirmed the successful operation against Iswap in a press release. The Nigerian security forces acted decisively and dealt a severe blow to the terrorist organization. The operation neutralized 26 terrorists, ending their immediate threat.
According to Danmadami, this military action not only resulted in the elimination of the terrorists, but also led to the arrest of 25 people involved in the organization’s logistical support. Disrupting the support networks that allow terrorists to carry out their activities is crucial, and these arrests represent an important step in that process. The Nigerian authorities are determined to cut off sources of funding and dismantle the logistical infrastructure of terrorist groups operating in the country.
The Iswap organization was born out of the split from Boko Haram in 2016, when the leadership dispute divided the group. Abu Musab al-Barnawi, son of the founder of Boko Haram, became the organization’s spokesman and created Iswap with the support of Daesh. While Abubakar Shekau led Boko Haram, Al-Barnawi continued his terrorist activities with Iswap, increasing security threats in the region.